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Do You Suffer From Competition Envy?

Speak Up: How Do You Deal With Competition Envy?

I'm not sure that "competition envy" is a real, defined term, but after seeing signs posted all over town about this weekend's San Francisco marathon, I'm certainly experiencing it! Months ago, I toyed with the idea of running, but a perfect storm of injury and a busy schedule left me with not enough time to prepare. Now I'm actually feeling pangs of jealousy for this weekend's runners.

I've gotten similar feelings watching a sporting event on TV. I tend to excercise while watching TV, but watching big events like Wimbledon give me even stronger urges to start exercising immediately — I even started stretching on the floor as I watched!

When this happens to me, I experience one of two opposing results; either I get the urge to exercise more, or I sulk jealously as the event goes on. Does this ever happen to you? If so, how do you deal with it? Sign up for the next big event? Eat a hot fudge sundae? Please share in the comments section below.

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Truthfully, I don't experience competition envy. It's not in my nature. I would admire somebody, and be happy for them if they did well, like win the competition. If the person is doing something I'm working on, I would study them to get some pointers (with the overtone of admiration).
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I had this when I first started exercising. You just have to remember that there is always going to be someone that's better than you. You can do what you can to get better, but everyone has their limitations.
rc630 rc630 6 years
I always wanted to do gymnastics when I was a kid (and maybe still now..) but my parents refused to let me. But whenever I'm watching a comp on TV (or online, since not too much other than the olympics are televised on basic cable), I find myself stretching, or occasionally practicing my turns and simple jumps and leaps. It also motivates me to get to the gym more, even though I'm doing very different exercises.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 6 years
i think so! whenever i see pictures of my favorite equestrian events (three day eventers, jumpers, or dressage horses), i feel pangs of wanting to go riding so, so badly!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
Yes, I had a bad case of this when I signed up for my first half marathon but got injured one month beforehand. My dad had signed up for it as well, and it was really depressing going to the expo with him to pick up his race number, and even more depressing standing at the finish line watching everyone come it. The upshot was that it was great motivation, so it wasn't hard to get back into running once my injury healed.
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